Two distance runs set for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM.

Morton said he didn’t really train for this weekend’s run. Holscher noted though that he ran — and won — two 100-mile races in the past few weeks.

He said he mostly focuses on getting fit, building endurance and getting his body efficient.

The 50-mile course, believed to be the longest of its kind on only beachfront, runs from Tops’l east to Seagrove Beach, turns back west to Destin Harbor and then returns east to Tops’l. Runners will start at 5 a.m.

The fastest runner to complete the race so far did it in seven hours, Holscher said.

Ann Gwinnup, a 39-year-old from Niceville who has completed the 50-mile run in Destin the last two years, said she tries to take a long run on the beach each weekend in the weeks leading up.

“It’s definitely slower (than pavement) and it takes more of a toll on your ankles and feet,” she said. “You have to pay more attention to your footing, but in terms of beauty, there’s no comparison.”

She’ll run at least half the miles barefoot. She loves to feel the sand beneath her feet and the water on her toes.

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